Remote Work Glossary

What is employee management

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    Employee management, also known as employment management, focuses on improving employee engagement and productivity to help a company achieve its overall goals. 

    An effective employee management system typically covers three core areas: 

    • Acquisition: A clearly defined job description will help you start the process of hiring and onboarding new employees that have a skillset and demeanor that fits your company culture and aligns with your company’s goals

    • Employee engagement and retention: Communicating clear expectations, listening to feedback, and managing day-to-day workflow to improve employee retention and reduce employee turnover

    • Performance management: Monitoring and evaluating employee performance using performance reviews and feedback. Helping team members develop their skills, rewarding the best employees for quality work, and confronting poor performance

    What are some employee management best practices?

    Effective employee management often hinges on individual managers’ ability to motivate, encourage open communication, and build trust with their reports. The best managers act as coaches for their employees, recognizing the great work they’re doing now while challenging them to improve.

    • Avoid micromanagement: Give employees the tools to do their job and trust them to manage their workload. When employees have autonomy, they typically perform at higher levels

    • Adopt an open door policy: Managers should encourage open and transparent two-way communication to help employees feel comfortable coming forward with ideas, queries, and concerns

    • Nurture a diverse and inclusive work environment: Creating a culture where people are respected, appreciated, and treated equally boosts employee satisfaction, collaboration, and corporate reputation

    • Practice effective HR management: Your human resources department should be the company’s backbone, governing employee management policies, facilitating employee requests, and ensuring employees feel supported in the workplace.

    • Automate processes: Where possible, use employee management software and apps to streamline HR functions and workflows to reduce time and resources spent on employee management. HR software integrations and project management apps such as Roots, Jira, and Notion can alleviate large and small businesses of repetitive tasks such as onboarding and performance tracking to allow HR departments, business owners, and managers to focus on growing their operations.

    • Provide incentives: An incentive-based management system is essential to keep your employees motivated and acknowledge them for their hard work. Incentives can include recognition, rewards and praise, professional development, profit sharing, bonuses, raises, gifts, perks, and extra time off.

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